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The United Nations University (UNU) and the University of Tokyo+s International Center for Disaster-Mitigation Engineering (INCEDE) will hold a public forum titled -Earthquake Disaster Management: A Global Priority' at UNU Headquarters on Thursday, 22 May 1997, from 14.00-17.30 hours.

The purpose of the forum is to review the research results regarding past major earthquakes and make action plans on how to manage such disasters in the future. The research findings from two prominent Japanese earthquake researchers, Kiyoo Mogi and Tsuneo Okada, Professors Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, will be featured. Professor Mogi has been in charge of earthquake prediction research for the Japanese Government for many years. And Professor Okada is one of the world's top earthquake engineers.

The United Nations has designated the 1990s as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. The UNU hopes that extensive research on natural disasters will help reduce worldwide the loss of life, property, and social disruption that they cause.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.

For further information, please contact:
UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel.: (03) 5467-1243 or -1246
Fax: (03) 3406-7346

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